Print on card stock and cut out. I just used a twist tie and put a small hole into the image then tied it right on to both ends of the slinky. I don’t have my slinky yet but I’ll update as soon as I get it! Or just leave this off as it’s completely optional.
The slinky is going to help me create “swells.” When the slinky is held widely, the swell is deep and kids are to increase the volume of the song (I always like to reiterate, never louder than lovely!). When the swells come together, the swells are small and volume is to decrease. Volume tends to increase then decrease in each phrase. For instance, in the song When I Am Baptized, as you sing, “I like to look for rainbows”…the volume/dynamics should be increasing. Then they start to decrease when you sing “whenever there is rain.” repeating that pattern throughout the entire song. And you can breathe after the small swells. Clear as mud? 🙂
I’ve gone into a little more detail for dealing with dynamics in this post HERE
if it helps. I’ll be bringing a lot of these aspects into this week as well. Like I said in that post, the dynamics often times get overlooked as we are too concerned with the kids memorizing the words and being familiar with the melodies. If we really want to bring the spirit into the meeting (and have the kids recognize this spirit), the dynamics are a HUGE part of that!
If you are lucky enough to have your program finished, make sure to check out my after-the-program posts HERE
! This is my FAVORITE time in singing time!!